Rather than totally cancel your holiday or any chance of a holiday, why not hop over to France, Ireland or Spain by ferry? The ferry companies haven't hiked up prices because of the increased demand. Some companies, like LD lines, are even running special Christmas promotions. To book ferries online and find the cheapest prices you can use AFerry.co.uk. However, you are recommended to book early as many ferry operators are reporting greatly increased demand.
Latest ferry service news from the operators:LD Lines ferries
LD Lines confirms their ferry services from Portsmouth to Le Havre, Newhaven to Dieppe and Ramsgate to Ostend are all operating normally. Car and passenger space is still available. LD Lines even has a current Christmas Offer. Portsmouth to Le Havre will now only cost £57.50 each way for a car and two passengers (based on a 5 day return - bookable by 21 December for travel in December 2010 and January / February 2011).
Stena Line report that their Ireland (Rosslaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Belfast, Larne) and Holland (Hook of Holland) routes are operating to schedule. However, travellers are advised to call their Ferrycheck hotline on +44 (0) 8705 755 755 when travelling to Ireland or Holland or +353 (0)1 204 77 99 when travelling to Britain for the latest information.
DFDS Norfolkline haven't reported any cancellations of delays and have stated that their Dover to Dunkirk sailings are operating to schedule with space available.
P&O Ferries report that their Dover to Calais routes are operating on schedule without cancellations or delays. However, there is limited space, so book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. P&O Ferries also report that their Irish Sea routes and their Hull to Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Hull to Rotterdam ferry routes are operating normally with space available.
Brittany ferries report that all their ferry crossings to France and Spain have been unaffected by the unexpected cold weather and are running to schedule with space available.
SeaFrance have also not reported any delays and cancellations to their Dover to Calais services.
Eurotunnel strongly recommend that passengers check road conditions for their entire journey before travel due to the current adverse road conditions. For the latest news, their customer information hotline is +44 (0) 8444 630000. Information can also be found on the BBC ferry information service who are currently reporting waiting-times of up to two hours at Folkestone.
Posted by Francis Scriven